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'Global bleaching event' threatens corals around the world

A quarter of the world’s marine species depend on coral reefs for habitat. A half-billion people rely on them for their livelihoods or sustenance.<p>Researchers say we’re now in the midst of the third global coral bleaching event in less than 20 years. And that by the time it’s all played out, the …

The World’s First Fully Robotic Farm Opens In 2017

A better kind of factory farm<p>Robots will be the farmers of the future. A company in Japan is building an indoor lettuce farm that will be completely tended by robots and computers. The company, named Spread, expects the factory to open in 2017, and the fully automated farming process could make the …

Drugs Disguised As Blood Cells Could Kill Cancer

Like guerrilla warriors making a sneak attack on tumors<p>It’s notoriously difficult to direct cancer drugs to only the cells you want to target—they often kill many healthy cells in the process, making the patient feel sicker, or the body attacks them assuming that they are invaders. For the past few …

Inside Facebook's Artificial Intelligence Lab

Researchers are using our social posts to build thinking machines<p>Human-Like<p>Facebook is using our data to build the 'world's best' Artificial Intelligence lab<p>Inside Facebook's Artificial Intelligence Lab<p>Human-Like<p>By Dave Gershgorn<p>It’s time to stop thinking about Facebook as just a social media …

In Divided Nicaragua, National Dish Brings Rich And Poor Together

Everyone I met in Nicaragua wanted to know two things. Where was I from and had I tried vigorón?<p>It was the taxi driver who dropped me off at the airport at the end of my first trip to the country who was most disappointed that I had not managed to try Nicaragua's national dish. And I had no good …

Jack White’s Third Man Records Preps Kids’ Turntable, Compilation

Just like the Wu-Tang Clan, Jack White and Third Man Records are for the children: The label has teamed up with Light in the Attic to release a …

Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project reveals buried 'super-henge'

Researchers have discovered evidence of standing stones believed to be the remnants of a major prehistoric stone monument near the Stonehenge …

Stonehenge

The first step toward finding gravitational waves in space will be launched this year

The LISA pathfinder will soon begin a six-month technology demonstration<p>Scientists are one step closer to detecting gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime predicted by Albert Einstein in 1915. The LISA Pathfinder, the European spacecraft that houses the technology needed to detect …

Scientists Calculate Calories Needed To Walk To Mordor

Lord of the infinite supply rings<p>Napoleon famously quipped that an army marches on its stomach, and a fellowship of the ring is no different. Throughout the series of fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, we are treated to complaints about the lack of food to meet a hobbit’s voracious appetite. Now, …

Recommended Dose: August's Best Dance Tracks

The dance music that moves us in these waning days of summer often does so in minuscule ways. Maybe it has something to do with the merciless mercury levels, but a good portion of our Recommended Dose mix for August doesn't require the flailing of arms and legs. Your brain, however, should be …

Gene therapy rescues dying cells in the brains of Alzheimer's patients

New clinical trial data suggest that nerve growth factor gene therapy is safe for extended periods of time<p>An experimental gene therapy reduces the rate at which nerve cells in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients degenerate and die, according to new results from a small clinical trial, published in …

Alzheimer's Disease

Professors at odds over technology’s role in the lecture hall

In the mid-nineties, Mark Morton was one of the first instructors at the University of Winnipeg to offer telecourses for the school, letting students tune in to his English classes via broadcast on a local community channel.<p>It's an approach to classroom technology that's long outdated now, as the …

Canadian wind dampers hold sway over world's tallest condos

New York real-estate brokers often talk about a living space's "vibe." But not like this.<p>"I've never felt the building move," Halstead Property's …

Condominiums

Heroes, monsters and people: When it comes to moral choices, outstanding physicists are very ordinary

<i>Did German physicists have a plan in the 1930s? And if so, was their physics any help?</i><p>Last week, on the plane back from Chicago, I finished Philip Ball’s book about physics in Germany in the nineteen-thirties and -forties. I’m still thinking about it, and I’m trying to work out why it has left such …

1 math model sums up all predators and prey

Food webs are incredibly complex networks of interactions between organisms and the things they eat. One creature’s prey is another creature’s …

How to Become an Expert | Popular Science

Photo by Chris Crisman<p>How To Create Your Own Friends<p>I started building robots. Then I fell in love with them. At Carnegie Mellon University, I’m working with robot body language. People usually think of companion robots as ones that are just hanging out with you, as your friends or toys. I think …

Carnegie Mellon University

Apocalypse Soon: 9 Terrifying Signs of Environmental Doom and Gloom

Between natural disasters and climate change, the environment can be a pretty terrifying thing to think about. Don’t think so? Here are 9 indications …

A Meme Gets An Uncomfortable Backstory In 'Straight Outta Compton'

<i>Straight Outta Compton</i>, the provocative biopic on the late-'80s hip-hop group N.W.A, reportedly brought in more than $60 million last weekend. Among other things, it pays homage to a cultural reference made famous by its member Ice Cube in the 1995 film <i>Friday --</i> one that later became shorthand to …

This Woman Sees 100 Times More Colors Than The Average Person

A unique genetic mutation and a well-wired brain mean that Concetta Antico is like no other artist on Earth.<p>When Concetta Antico looks at a leaf, she sees much more than just green. “Around the edge I’ll see orange or red or purple in the shadow; you might see dark green but I’ll see violet, …

Google Science Fair finalists include 2 Canadians

Two Ontario students are finalists for the Google Science Fair this year, with projects that involve drinking water for humans and less acidic water …

Did you solve it? Are you smarter than a Japanese schoolchild?

Earlier today I set four Area Maze puzzles. Here’s how you solve them.<p>Area Maze 1<p>Draw this:<p>Line x is (38 + 39)/7 = 77/7 = 11cm<br>• Line y is 11 - 4 = 7cm<br>• Line z = 7 + 3 = 10cm<br>• The missing value is therefore (10 x 6) - 40cm2 = 20cm2<p>Area Maze 2<p>Draw this:<p>First we can deduce that the length x is 5cm, since 4 …

Have scientists found a drug to stop Alzheimer's disease?

Eli Lilly is due to announce results of its latest trial into Solanezumab at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Wednesday<p>The first drug that can halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease if caught early is expected to be unveiled this week.<p>Trials have been ongoing into a new …

Musicians and writers choose their favourite book about music

Elvis as a young man, the size of Mick Jagger’s genitalia, Kristin Hersh’s miracle year, Berlioz in love … As festivalgoers crowd the stages at Glastonbury, Brian Eno, Beck, Lavinia Greenlaw, James Wood and a host of other stars select their favourite books about rock, pop, jazz and …

How to count invisible people

How do you estimate the size of hidden populations? Dr Ruth King explains here, an excerpt from her talk tonight in the London Mathematical Society’s prestigious Popular Lecture series<p>In theory the question “How many…?” is a very simple one. After all, we just need to be able to count.<p>In fact, this …

Scientists see climate change in action in California wildflower fields

Drier, sunnier winters are stressing California's wildflowers.<p>These twin trends have conspired to reduce the diversity of wildflower species in a Northern California research meadow by 15% over 15 years, according to a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.<p>…

'If I burn out, I burn out': meet Taylor Wilson, nuclear boy genius

He fused the atom at 14, has advised the US government on counter-terrorism and plans to beat cancer – and he’s still only 21. What scares Taylor Wilson? Asking a girl for her number ...<p>Taylor Wilson has a Geiger counter watch on his wrist, a sleek, sporty-looking thing that sounds an alert in …

Genius

The 10 best ever podcasts

Ten years since Apple launched a version of iTunes with a new format called podcasting, Pete Naughton selects 10 of the best<p>In June 2005, Apple launched a version of its iTunes software with a new feature which Steve Jobs confidently termed “the next generation of radio”. The technology in question …

23 Short Stories You'll Want To Read Over And Over Again

And again and again.

Books

Record number of Canadians take $100,000 to drop out of school

A record number of Canadians are taking U.S. billionaire Peter Thiel up on his controversial offer: Drop out of school and he'll give you $100,000 (U.S.) to pursue your dream.<p>On Friday, the Thiel Foundation revealed a group of 20 young people who will become the next Thiel Fellows. In addition to …

Newly discovered vessels beneath skull could link brain and immune system

Decades of textbook teaching could be overturned by discovery, which might also explain links between poor health and brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s<p>Scientists have discovered a previously unknown link between the brain and the immune system that could help explain links between poor physical …

Immune System